6 Questions: with… Sonny Noir
Today I bring you the first edition of a new feature, 6 Questions. This feature has been in the making for a long time, but now it is finally here. 6 Questions is six set, and vague, questions that I fire off towards artists, DJs, promoters, whoever, so that they can explain in their own words exactly why I dig them. 99% of the time it is my word that you take as gospel on recommendations through this site, but this time the info comes straight from the horses mouth. Six questions, always the same six questions, but answered in any way the questioned feels like answering.
So without any further hesitation, I bring you the first edition with Sonny Noir of Brooklyn’s RiotControl podcast…
1. Who are you? My name is Sonny Noir.
2. What do you do? I do whatever is necessary to enjoy the short time I have on this planet. For the sake of this interview, I host a radio (podcast) show called RiotControl out of Brooklyn, New York with my partner Burt Fox.
3. Why do you do it? We’re interested in “timeless” mixes. A lot of DJ’s and mix shows who play what we play are constructed like “This is our reggae show, this is our old school rap episode” etc… Our concept is more towards the old Afrika Baambaata style of hip-hop djing in that we find links between records from all over. A lot of the stuff we play, we wouldn’t even recommend you buy the album they came from because it’s not always that listenable. But on that record there might be 1 song or half a song that we recognize as dope and something that connects with a piece of another record. Once all these are mapped out, connected, scratched, beat juggled or whatever, you get a RiotControl episode. Ideally, some sort of sense of continuity and vibe exists as you listen while the music skips across time periods and genres.
4. So what’s new? We are about to release our fourth episode and continue working on the fifth. We decided to only release episodes every 4 – 6 weeks. Kind of like a monthly subscription to a magazine. We want each episode to be well thought out and anticipated by the listeners. When we release a new show, we want the listeners to get excited because they know we’ve been putting our heads together, hitting the record shops and making sure it something we’re proud to present from start to finish.
5. Who are you listening to at the moment? Our show focuses on mostly funk/soul, hip hop with brains, Jamaican and electronic that’s not for Miami and Las Vegas (side note, I do love those cities but if you’ve been you know). Overall, we want to connect all music from these genres dating from the 1960’s to the present. I love rock music but we don’t include it in the show. Rock wise I’m currently into The Cold War Kids, M. Ward, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Raconteurs and The Shins. Lupe Fiasco is doing it for me in hip hop and Atmosphere continue to make me want to violently turn over tables with food on them. Because of the show we’re buying more vinyl than ever, so obscure funk and soul has been my primary interest. There are some great labels devoted to re releasing old vinyl that’s out of print and/or assembling compilations of hard to find music. Some of these I’m into are Ubiquity, Soul Jazz and Luv N’ Haight. Then there’s labels like Daptone and Truth & Soul who have taken this spirit to the modern day by releasing modern funk and soul records that neither cling to the past nor attempt to overly modernize the genre. I’m also into Dub Step, a relatively newer brand of electronic music mostly coming out of London. Excellent stuff but very new and we’ll see where it goes.
6. What’s your most valuable nugget of wisdom? I’m just a music nerd with internet access. You don’t want wisdom from me. All I’ll say is enjoy your life, at the end of the day that’s all you can do. Oh, and listen to Gavin, this dude knows what he’s talking about. Stay tuned to RiotControl! We’ve got some great ideas coming your way soon. Thanks for giving us a few minutes of your time. It’s much appreciated. PEACE.
My thanks go out to Sonny Noir for taking the time to answer 6 Questions. You HAVE TO check out the RiotControl podcast, it is fantastic. You can check RiotControl out on the web… www.riotcontrolnyc.com and also add them to your friends on MySpace – plus the feed URL to the podcast is in the sidebar of this blog. I’ve listened to the first three podcasts and they just had me entranced. Burt Fox is a demon on the wheels of steel, and the selection of tunes is incredible – it isn’t often I’m left thinking “whoah, what is this track?”, but it happens quite a bit when I’m listening to RiotControl!
I’m hoping this will become a regular feature, and that you will find it informative and perhaps even a little educational! So until the next 6 Questions, get that RiotControl stuff listened to! Also, volume 7 of the Just Like Music podcast is now available for download.